As a part of the Griffith NAIDOC celebrations the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service held a family fun day at West End oval.
The day consisted of various stalls from Care South, Griffith Base Hospital Dental clinic, Griffith Police, Ambulance and Fire brigade, Primary Health Network set up promoting their organisation and providing information to the community.
There were also fun activities for the kids such as league tag, native indigenous games, nail painting and boomerang decorating. AMS staff were also showing community how to throw Boomerangs and spears at wooden animals.
The day provided a barbecue lunch along with entertainment by a local dance group Bujja Bujja, who also held workshops with any kids that wanted to learn traditional dance. This group was lead by Kerry Johnson. Also held was a local talent contest for children under the age of 18 either singing or dancing. All those that participated were lucky enough to all be awarded prizes.
The AMS also ran their Passport to Better Health activity providing a basic check up on all aspects of health for an individual. The passport is a screening tool and any clients with health issues are then followed up by AMS staff after the event. The day was open to the Griffith community as a way of celebrating NAIDOC week and providing an enjoyable day for the whole family. It provided vital information about services provided to assist both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people and allowed community members to learn more about their personal health and get to know the services the Griffith AMS provides. NAIDOC is a special week where all the community both Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal can get together to celebrate the survival of the longest continuous living culture in the world.
FUN WAS HAD BY ALL. We look forward to a bigger and better day next year, hope to see you all there.
– Madison Penrith